Battling Back

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - After an 8-0 five-inning setback to Ohio State, UCF bounced back by batting around and scoring 10 runs in the sixth inning to notch an 11-3 walk-off victory over Delaware State on Friday.

Senior left fielder Linnea Goodman posted a 3-for-5 performance in the two games, which included an RBI triple to tie the game, 1-1, in the third inning vs. Delaware State. Two RBI each were driven in by junior second baseman Courtney Rotton, sophomore catcher Cassady Brewer and freshman designated player Kyra Klarkowski.

The victory in the circle for the Knights (11-8) was notched by freshman Kamryn Toney (2-1), who tossed 2.2 innings and tallied two strikeouts. Freshman Damara Begin made her debut against Ohio State (8-6) and earned her first start vs. Delaware State (1-12).

A 10 Spot

  • The Knights sent 13 batters to the plate and registered eight hits in their 10-run sixth inning that was capped on a walk-off single from freshman third baseman Tamesha Glover.
  • UCF used small ball to set the table as Goodman and senior centerfielder Megan Greenwell reached on infield base hits.
  • Following a sac bunt by Rotton and walk to load the bases, Brewer knotted the contest, 3-3, on a base hit through the left side.
  • The eventual game-winning runs were brought home by freshman designated player Kyra Klarkowski on a two-run triple to right center, 5-3.
  • Consecutive run-scoring singles by senior shortstop Brittany Solis and freshman first baseman Jazmine Esparza pushed the Knights' advantage to 7-3.
  • After a throwing error allowed a run to cross the plate, Rotton came through with a two-run single to center, 10-3.

Downed by Ohio State

  • Ohio State took advantage of seven walks and two hit batters to post an 8-0 five-inning victory.
  • The Knights out-hit the Buckeyes, 6-5, in the contest and were led by two-hit games from Greenwell and Solis.
  • UCF had an opportunity to strike first after Goodman and Greenwell reached base to start the first inning, but the Knights were unable to come up with a key base knock.
  • The Buckeyes used a grand slam by Lilli Piper in the fourth inning to go ahead 8-0. Piper also tallied a two-run single in the third frame.

Next Up
The Knights continue the UCF Wilson/Demarini Tournament on Saturday at 3 p.m. against No. 16 Georgia and Mercer at the UCF Softball Complex.

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